Are we really ever an expert in anything? In reality, there’s always going to be something to learn or learn more about whether it be love, history, foreign film, a language, whatever it may be. When does a person make it past the “beginner stage”, if ever?
What is Beginners (2010)?
In Beginners (2010), a man, after being married for 44 years loses his wife, decides to open up about being gay. After doing so, he starts with the party scene and finds himself in a nonexclusive relationship with a younger man. While all of this is going on, his son struggles to find love.
I watched this movie a few years ago back in high school and the other day I found it on Netflix and decided to watch it again. After a few years of life experience, I finished this movie with what felt like more than I did the last time I watched it.
There’s beauty in this film. It is interesting to watch a person find a piece of
themselves after so many years. The man knew he was gay his entire life but still chose to get married and raise a child. 44 years later and he is living a completely different life. Does he like the new life he has taken on? It is never explicitly disclosed.
Why is this on my blog?
I know what you’re thinking- why am I talking about a movie and beginnings on an art blog?
Well my curious readers, here is a loose definition of what I consider to be art: anything manmade that provokes a feeling, thought, or emotional response. This is why the blog includes studio art, film, music, etc. It is all manmade and has some sort of effect on my soul (and hopefully yours too).
The Beauty of Beginners (2010)
Lets start with the soundtrack. It leans more towards early mid 20th century music- not something you hear too often in modern film. I think the music is meant to bring you back to the youth of the old man who is dying in his 70s but is still doing what he can to experience a new lifestyle. It takes the characters back to the beginning.
The aesthetic of the film is also unique. A lot of times cinematographers will choose a loose color palette for a movie to add to the intended overall feel. Beginners (2010) keeps a more muted color palette, using greenish, toned down yellows, browns, off-whites, etc.
The color palette mixed with the early to mid 20th century music makes for a somewhat unexciting theme. However, this is combatted by the blossoming love of the old man’s son and a woman he met at a party. It is an interest contrast.
This is the type of movie that makes you feel calm, warm, sad, excited, all of the feelings.
Lastly I am going to mention the underlying theme of beginnings. I think it is beautiful that this movie encourages new beginnings at any stage of life. It is never too late to start something new.
This movie is currently available on Netflix.
Photos are from IMDB (2010).